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What is the miraDry procedure?

The miraDry procedure is a safe, clinically proven, FDA-cleared solution for significantly reducing underarm sweat. The procedure is quick, non-invasive, and performed in a medical clinic.

Two procedures are typically recommended, three months apart, to maximise the quality and duration of results. Each appointment generally lasts about an hour. miraDry is the only FDA-cleared procedure that provides a lasting reduction of underarm sweat in a completely non-invasive way. Other treatment options, including antiperspirants and toxins, aim to temporarily disable the sweat glands for varying lengths of time requiring repeated treatments to maintain effectiveness. Other options involve surgery, which pose inherent risks.

What happens during the miraDry procedure?

The treatment is customised for each underarm, based on where your sweat glands reside. The underarms are numbed prior to the procedure for your comfort. The miraDry handpiece is held up to the underarms, which delivers energy to the sweat glands.

Watch our video of eminent dermatologist Professor Tony Chu as he addresses some common questions about miraDry.

How does miraDry work?

The miraDry system delivers precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the region where the underarm sweat glands reside, which heats the sweat glands and eliminates them for good. Watch this video to see the miraDry procedure in action.

During the miraDry procedure:

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure usually takes about an hour. Depending on the degree of sweat and or odour problem that you experience, some people may require a second treatment to attain maximal reduction of sweat and odour.

Does the procedure hurt?

Most patients experience little pain because the procedure is performed under local anaesthesia. During the procedure, most people experience some pressure and light pulling on the skin, with some sensations of warmth. There may be an occasional "hot spot" that lasts briefly but is usually well tolerated. On average, patients describe the discomfort as about a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest).

How is miraDry different from other treatment options?

Alternative options, including antiperspirants and toxins, aim to temporarily disable the sweat glands for varying lengths of time requiring repeat treatments to maintain effectiveness. Other options involve surgery, which pose inherent risks. miraDry is the only treatment that provides lasting results in a non-invasive way. See how miraDry compares to the alternative treatments available.

After the miraDry procedure:

What happens after the procedure?

You can expect minimal to no downtime after the procedure. A mild over-the-counter pain medication and the use of ice packs for a few days is recommended. You should be able to return to normal activities or work right after the procedure, and you can usually resume exercise within several days.

What results can I expect?

Most patients report a dramatic, lasting reduction of their underarm sweat. In a recent clinical study, the average underarm sweat reduction was 82% ( Data on file ). You should notice a reduction in sweat immediately after treatment. As with any medical procedure, results will vary by person.

Are there side effects?

Localised soreness or swelling is normal, and usually clears within a few weeks. Some patients have temporary altered sensation in their underarm or upper arm skin, which gradually disappears. During your consultation, your miraDry clinician will talk with you about any potential side effects.

Are the results lasting?

Yes! Because the sweat glands don't grow back, patients experience a significant and lasting reduction of underarm sweat.

Don't I need my underarm sweat glands?

Actually, no. Your body contains over four million sweat glands, and only about 2% of them are in your underarms. Eliminating this 2% does not affect your body's ability to cool itself.

Do the underarm sweat glands ever grow back?

No. The underarm sweat glands don't grow back or regenerate once they've been removed.

Does miraDry cause increased sweating in other parts of the body?

No. When sweat glands are removed from the underarms, you simply stop sweating in that area. So don't worry. Your body won't start sweating more in other areas to "compensate" or anything like that.

Can miraDry remove sweat glands elsewhere on the body?

No. miraDry cannot be used to treat excessive sweating in other areas of the body, such as hands, feet, forehead, or knees.

Other questions:

Is miraDry safe?

Yes! The miraDry procedure is FDA-cleared and has been performed successfully on thousands of patients, and it's been proven to be highly safe and effective.

Is miraDry right for me?

If embarrassing underarm sweat outbreaks, stained clothing, or frequent antiperspirant application interfere with your daily life, then you may be a good candidate for the miraDry procedure.